Dune (2021) Film Review

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writers: Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth

Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin

RATING: 4 Stars

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A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.—Warner Bros.

I love when a film can completely take me by surprise. I knew this was going to be an amazing visual spectacle, with stunning cinematography and enough beautiful shots to fill the goldmine this film is likely to take. But I didn’t expect to be swept up quite so quickly in the story and the world. I read the book a few years ago, so had a background to the politics and the world building that my friends who went with me didn’t have. And I think, without at least a little background information, the intense world could be a little inaccessible to audiences, with the little explanation we get about what is going on behind the scenes.

My only real complaint with the film is it’s completely obnoxious length. As beautiful as the setting and scenery is for this film, we didn’t need the sweeping landscape shots quite as often as we got them, one sand dune looks very much like another. And as great as Timothee Chalamet was in this film, we didn’t need quite so many shots of him standing around, looking broody, his tremendous mop of hair blowing majestically in the wind. I do feel like this ‘Part One’ was very much the set up for the second film. Not a lot really happened until the final forty five minutes or so, and by then I did feel my attention starting to wear a little thin.

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Timothee Chalamet gives, what I think, is his best performance to date here, really proving that he is leading man material. And he has A LOT to do here, being in nearly every scene, and running through nearly every emotion and traumatic experience a character could go through. His on screen chemistry with Jason Momoa was so pure and a spot of lightheartedness in all the misery going on around Paul. I was underwhelmed by the idea of him as our main character, but I am not to proud to admit I was wrong, he completely won me over,

I agree with the other reviewers that said some of the best parts of the film should not have been shown in the trailer. The reveal of the Sandworms for sure would have been jaw dropping if left for when you watched the film in the cinema. The battle scenes shown in the trailer were also a bit misleading, implying events will happen in the film that didn’t.

But despite it’s butt numbing length, I am now eagerly awaiting the finale to this story.

‘Dune’ is now out in UK cinemas.

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